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>> hello and welcome to "newsday". >> i;''m babita sharma. lawmakers in britain will discuss the phone hacking scandal rocking news international. the court said they were partly to blame for the shevardnadze massacre. >> japan is to conduct tests on its nuclear plants. london.4:00 on this is "newsday."
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>> the british parliament has called an emergency debate about the phone hacking scandal surrounding news international. the action has prompted calls for a public inquiry. >> for months, this scandal has been growing and growing as more and more celebrities and politicians were informed their telephones had been hacked. now a much more serious allegation has shocked the country. a 13-year-old went missing in 2002. her body was found six months later. the latest claim is that the news of the world hacked her phone while she was missing and
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some messages have been deleted in the process. david cameron and made his feelings clear cari >> if they are true, this is a dreadful act and a dreadful situation. what i read in the papers is quite shocking, that someone could do this, knowing that the police were trying to find this person and trying to find out what had happened. >> all this puts more pressure on the prime minister's friend rebecca brooks. she is the chief executive of news international. she was also the editor of the news of the world when the girl went missing. she, like other former executives at the paper, had said that she did not know about the actions of a few reporters. news international argues she is shocked as everyone else. but they are also making the claims she does not intend to resign.
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>> she has been clear today that that is what she will not do. this happened in 2002. she is chief executive of a company in 2011. she is absolutely determined to get to the bottom of this issue. >> the political heat has been turned up on the murdoch's news empire. the house of commons will debate the latest allegations on wednesday. opposition politicians say they want a full inquiry. they think rebecca brooks should go. >> it was not a rogue reporter. it was not one individual. this is a systematic series of things that happened. what i want from equities -- executives is people to start taking responsibility. >> it is not just news international which is difficult questions to answer. the police originally said that phone hacking was used to target a handful of celebrities. the latest claims prompt more uncomfortable questions about whether a blind eye was turned scotland yard.t
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>> the dutch military was partly responsible for the deaths of three muslim men during the war. the town was under the protection of u.n. peacekeepers when it was overrun in 1995 and 8000 muslims were killed. >> july, 1995, a so-called u.n. safe area but one that was overrun by bosnian serb forces. the bosnian muslims thought they had the protection of the dutch u.n. peacekeepers. they were wrong. 8000 muslim men and boys were massacred by the bosnian serbs. today in a surprise ruling, a court and the netherlands decided that the dutch government bore some responsibility. >> the presiding judge said the
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appeals court believed the dutch state had acted illegally towards three bosnian muslims and would have to pay compensation. it has been a long, painful legal ordeal for the relatives of the victims. >> im' after the killers of my family, the serbs, who lives in bosnia. one of them works in the same building i work. can you imagine that? i have to go to my office every day and he is still there. it is one of the cases i have been dealing with for the last 10-15 years cari >> the families have filed the lawsuit because the three bosnian men that were killed had been working for the dutch-un peacekeepers. the outcome of the case surprised even the lawyers ^ >> i did not consider this possible within the borders of the netherlands. i thought you had to go outside to get this established because
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we are too much involved. it is too big. i would look for to be able to disentangle themselves fomrom this drama. >> 16 years after the massacre, the court ruling about the three men that were turned over to the serbs could have implications for similar cases against the dutch state. >> a disaster unfolding for tens of thousands of people in east africa. >> the un refugee agency has called the drought in east africa and human tragedy of unimaginable proportions. 10 milliond more than people in ethiopia, somalia are facing loss of medical support and food.
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>> day after day, mile after mile, they walk and walk. these are the people of the drought, but they are also escaping from somalia's civil war. they trek vast distances over land where it no longer seems to rain. some are sick, like this child that is six months old. some will die along the way. these people are all from the same village in somalia. what they carry is all they possess. >> it was too long. we had no food. we were carrying children on our back. we had threats from wild animals, all kinds of suffering. cox this group of villages have been walking for five days to get here. others have traveled for longer than that, sometimes several weeks, but all of them are
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looking for the same thing -- food, water, and medical supplies and pleading for help from the international community. >> when they arrived at the refugee camp and they are desperate, but this place has been overwhelmed and aid workers are struggling to cope. the u.s. say they give basic rations to everyone that comes here, but some refugees complain they can wait for days or even weeks without getting any proper food supplies. >> unless we can get aid into this part of the world and scale our operation to meet the growing need, this crisis could turn into a catastrophe. that is what we have to stop. >> [coughing] >> the most vulnerable are the malnourished children who have just arrived. often they die within a day or so of getting here. and so the graveyards are filling up fast, mainly is
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children and babies buried here. families to have come in search of food and water have found death instead. ben brown, bbc news. >> in other news, reports from sudan say at least197 drowned when their boat caught fire and sank in the red sea. it is thought that the victims were for an illegal workers looking for work in saudi arabia. four yemeni nationals have been arrested. pakistan's un rights commissions has criticized -- for failing to stop organized killings. much of the violence is between organized games with more than 1000 people shot dead since january. the gang enjoyed the patronage of the political parties. un security forces are reported to have shot dead six anti-
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rs hrnment protestoresr in amas. more than 20 were arrested on monday. india's foreign minister arrived in the bangladeshi capital. he will be holding talks with senior officials to sort out differences along standing issues. success will pave the way for a high-profile visit by the prime minister singh in september. >> india and bangladesh are supposed to be neighbors, but they have the range of contentious issues, raning from sharing waterston demarcation of the boundary in the bay of bengal. the two neighbors share more than 50 rivers, but bangladesh believes it is not giving enough water, as india has a number of dams upstream.
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the two sides are hoping to reach an interim agreement on sharing the waters during the forthcoming visit of the prime minister of india to bangladesh. the two sides are talking about getting access to each other and to connect to the entire region by road and train. during the visit of the bangladeshi prime minister to india last year, the government agreed to give a loan of $1 billion to bangladesh, but indian officials admit that there have been some delay in fulfilling our commitment. during the visit of the indian foreign minister to bangladesh, the two sides are expected to narrow down their differences. india is wary of growing at chinese influence in bangladesh. bangladesh has asked for chinese help to build a deep sea -- in the bay of bengal.
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>> you are a "newsday" watching. live from singapore and london. still to come, live in japan as the country begins the task of rebuilding following the earthquake and tsunami. >> pressure mounts on murdoch's power house. we asked if the flow -- p hone hacking scandal moloch's empire. the duke and duchess of cambridge had traveled to one of canada's most remote areas. they were greeted with a display of music and dance. peter hunt. >> the sound may be familiar, this setting less so. they are here for a taste of another way of canadian life. half of the population are aboriginal. prince william tried to hand.
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>> we are so excited to be here. [speaking native language] >> [cheering] >> thank you very much. >> this is a vast area with few inhabitants. a few of them were here to see a couple that has been referred to repeatedly as a mega celebrities. >> i have-quito net on. i have not tried anything for three days. there is no bathrooms here. >> it is nice to see them personally. i'm lucky. >> we are up in the north. you would've thought they would come up here? this is great. >> the finalists in the indian princess of canada competition were on parade for prince charles and princess anne. in the 1970's, it was a different age. 40 years on, williams challenge
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was to take part in a game of sttreet hockey. he'll have to practice. it doesn't get dark here. this gives them a chance to travel by sea plane and canoe to the freshwater lakes, to experience canada's great outdoors for themselves. >> this is "newsday". i'm in singapore. >> the british parliament has called an emergency debate about a phone hacking used by a newspaper owned by news international. >> in appeals court has ruled that the dutch state is partially responsible for the deaths of three muslim men in bosnia during the war. >> let's get more on our main
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story, the allegations of phone hacking. robert green wold joins me on skype from california. research to the murdoch empire. the made a film about his business. behind closed doors, in private, what you think they are saying regarding these allegations at news international? >> we spent a year or two working out "outfoxed," and we followed it up. what is consistent is it's an entity that is dedicated to profit and has absolutely no concern about journalistic ethics. and we find that in all areas of the so-called murdoch empire or fox news. is a tragedy in terms of values
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and it is a tragedy in terms of journalism, but we must remember the only thing they are focused on is how to squeeze an additional nickel or bukc out of the consumer. >> news international says that they will investigate. and if these allegations are proved true, they are appalling. i want to ask you about chief executive rebecca brought tears she was editor at the time of the incident involving the young teenager. she has said she's got no intention of stepping down. there is a theory that she might be staying on as the human shields for james murdoch. is there any way to that? >> yes, i think there is. that is what i have been hearing also, that she is the first one, but it goes to the james murdoch. they are circling the wagons.
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the notion that they will do an investigation that would be objective and rational is almost enough to make one laugh if the issue itself or not so serious in terms of what they had done. remember, and this has been three years now. where has the investigation ben? where have the consequences ben? >> we know how this movie comes out. they will do everything they possibly can to stonewall, to avoid, and to continue the cover-up. the crime is bad enough. the cover-up is worse. >> we have to leave it there. thank you very much for your time. we have news to improve the efforts of nuclear power in japan. what can you tell us? >> the japanese government decided they will conduct a new stress test on all of their nuclear plants to try to ease concerns in the wake of the
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disaster at the fukushima power station. many of the countries nuclear reactors are currently shut down. we are joined in tokyo. when are the stress tests likely to begin? >> we do not know when exactly it will start. the minister for trade has a press conference earlier this morning saying that all of the nuclear reactors will be tested. as you said, there have been many protest against nuclear energy because of radiation fear from the fukushima nuclear power plant. it seems that the government is keen to convince the public they are safe. they want to conduct tests to make sure that none of them was infected by the earthquake. we still have severe electr icity shortages. they have to cut their
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electricity usage by 15%. half of the companies are confident that they can achieve that goal. whether that would mean it would affect their production level or not is another question, but it seems the government is keen to show the public that nuclear power plants are safe. ar powero, if the nucle plants -- what happens if they do not pass the stress tests? what is next? >> the government says they are being tested and they are still safe to use, but they want to conduct the universal test in order to convince the public that they are definitely safe. for the residents that live around the nuclear power plants, what is happening in fukushima is frightening. that is not to say that the protest against nuclear power will go away. there is strong public anger
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against nuclear power. it's too early to say what is going to be there next energy policy. >> thank you so much. towns along japan's tsunami- devastated coast states that years of rebuilding efforts. 23,000 people are killed or remain missing after the disaster. roland burke is in miagi prefecture. >> it looks as if this tsunami could have happened yesterday, not four months ago. the land was pushed down by the earthquake. it is lower than before. at every high tide, the secana n come in. now fish are swimming around. this is one of the many problems people in this town face. for the scavengers along japan's coast, the last few months have brought a bounty.
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the cleanup is now underway, but there is much work to be done. boats are stranded in a land where they were tossed by the tsunami. the rebuilding to begin, they have to be moved. -- for rebuilding to begin. they are putting it on a trailer. 96 wheels are needed to support the weight. they built a special way out of steel, a pathway to the sea. salvaging just this one boat is taking four days. there are three others over there. of course, up and down the coast, there are many more in devastated towns. well, this is what was the main shopping district of this town. swept this in ae tsunami through.
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this area was full of debris. has been cleared away. amazing that it has been done so quickly. it is very dusty here, though, and there is not much life here. most businesses have not come back. all except this one shop. this fruit shop is still serving its customers. it's amazing you're in business. >> yes, it is. we opened up five days after the tsunami. the owner had lost his house, the original shop, and his car. he was infatuated and realize people did not have food. we did not have anything. that is when he decided to open. we felt we needed to do something. >> as for the people who lived along the coast, the lucky ones are now getting temporary housing. they're pretty small
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prefabricated buildings. on this hilltop, there are hundreds grouped together. this one belongs to kyoto. inside there's a kitchen by the door, a bathroom, and washing machine. through here, a small living room there can be used to sleep in. you just move in today. a big moment for you. >> i'm very happy. i'm filled with happiness. i waited for such a long time. >> in some places, much of the clearing up has already been done. this is or was -- a blank area of land. they were people's houses. here is ready for rebuilding. that is, of course, if anyone wants to combat.
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e back. a panel of experts has come up with a blueprint of how the region should be rebuilt. their recommendations are that people should be moved from low- lying ground to higher ground. in places with no hills, the land should be raised artificially. that way, they say, people can live in this area safely. >> roland, the japanese cabinet passed a suppleme budget of $25 billion. that will help in expediting the reconstruction efforts. >> yes, that money is about 2 trillion yen. 800 billion is going in reconstruction. some of the rest for compensation for people who lived around fukushima. people say that what they want is for their lives to get better as quickly as possible. so they welcome the idea of more
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money allocated, but they are concerned about the infighting going on in tokyo among politicians. the argument over when the prime minister should leave office. what they want is improvements and soon. >> thank you. that's more in our power of asia season on the bbc news webite. you can see profiles of the countries and ex amine how asia is growing. you have been watching "newsday". >> i'm babita sharma in london. the british parliament has called for an emergency debate about the phone hacking scandal involving news international. plenty more on that to come on "bbc world news". you've been watching "newsday". that's it. thanks for watching.
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